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No. 7 Bulldogs Finish Seventh On the Thames

Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)
Claire Dennis and Heather May. (Photo by Lincoln Benedict)

Bulldogs Finish Regular Season

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The No. 7 Bulldogs sailed to a seventh place finish on the Thames River at the Wick and Shrew Trophies hosted by Coast Guard. The regatta was won by No. 2 Charleston.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs had what the report referred to as “Beautiful racing conditions.” They sailed 17 races, nine in A division and eight in B division in a breeze of three to ten knots that oscillated from North to Northwest. As is often true on the Thames, the current played a huge role. It was going out and played a particularly important role at the starting line, as the sailors struggled with predicting how much of an effect it would play in terms of getting to the line. The courses were W4s (windward leeward twice around) with the usual offsets and leeward gate.

On Sunday, conditions were extremely challenging as the breeze was supremely shifty. It veered from west to north northwest and was unpredictable. This meant that the race committee had to abandon one race, many starts, and constantly adjust the course to try to keep up with the wind direction. A division sailed four races while B sailed five.

In A division, senior Sarah Lihan and junior Elizabeth Brim returned to women's fleet racing regattas and finished fifth. While they struggled a bit with consistency due to the conditions they won two races and finished in the top ten in ten out of the thirteen races.

In B division, the freshmen due of Claire Dennis and Heather May finished eighth. They too struggled a bit with consistency but were able to finish in the top ten in ten of the thirteen races.

Next weekend, the Bulldogs will head to the New England Championships hosted by Brown, which will serve as the qualifiers for the National Championships at Wisconsin May 25-28. NEISA (New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association) will send the top seven teams from New England's to the Semifinals held on May 25 and 26 in Wisconsin. The top two teams will automatically qualify for the finals, which means that they will not sail until May 27 and 28. If the semifinals are unable to be sailed due to lack of wind or some other weather condition, the top five teams from NEISA will sail in the finals.

The Bulldogs will spend the week preparing for their trip to Brown in hopes of gaining a top qualifying spot for Nationals.

Full results can be found here.

Report filed by Margot Benedict '12, Yale Sports Publicity